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There has been a lot of talk within the wedding world lately about an “Unplugged Ceremony”. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it means that the bride and groom request their guests to refrain from using their phones, cameras, or other electronic devices during the ceremony (sometimes the entire wedding day). This is meant to keep areas open for the photographer and videographer, and for guests to relax during the ceremony. It should allow the vendors more space and time to get the exact shots they are looking for, instead of trying to get around other people.

I go back and forth on this topic, and honestly have not decided yet what I should do. I am coming to you, Budget Savvy Brides, please help me decide whether or not to have an unplugged vs “plugged” ceremony. There are positives and negatives to both sides, which is making this decisions a difficult one. To help you decide, here are some of my personal reasons.


  • Space for vendors to get what they need. If there is a perfect shot from the beginning of the aisle during the first kiss, I would rather none of the guests be in the way for the photographer to capture the moment.
  • No photos of guests being blocked by cameras, phones or iPads. I would love photos of my guests during the ceremony laughing and crying along with us.
  • The guests will be present in their thoughts and hearts during the ceremony from start to finish.


  • You need to count on your photographers showing up in time. If you warn everyone that it is an unplugged wedding day, some may not even bring their devices. If your photographer is late, there may not be enough people to capture all of the moments leading up to the walk down the aisle.
  • The details. While photographers will capture some of the details, they may not notice all of them while trying to do their job of photographing the bigger moments. If you want to make sure your guest book table, or your aisle decor is photographed, you may want to have a “plugged” wedding.
  • The camaraderie between guests at a table, or while dancing. If the photographer is off with the bride and groom capturing the golden hour shots, there won't be anyone to capture the moments within the reception. Sometimes these are the most heartfelt and real.

If I did decide to go the unplugged route, I would love to get one of these!

unplugged ceremony

via Wedding Bee


via Chelsi Lee Designs

I would love to hear your opinions on this topic! How do you feel about an unplugged ceremony?



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Macy is an Event Manager turned Lifestyle, Wedding and Travel blogger. Macy has worked in the wedding industry since 2011 and has enjoyed every second of being newly engaged.

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  • Sarah

    This is tricky! I’ve been to both types of ceremonies, one for my cousin in which they requested no photos during the ceremony…this resulted in guests (ahem; rude uncles) correcting each other and pointing out those with phones and cameras. I’m not sure they understood the reason behind no photos, but they certainly created a disturbance prior to the ceremony regarding the issue. On the flip side, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s Hindu ceremony, cameras allowed, and on the way back to my seat, during a very intimate and elaborate ceremony, I was forced to walk around an unruly guest that insisted on planting himself in the center of the aisle with his bulky camera…also creating much frustration for the photographers. I’m sure it’s different with each situation and you just have to know your guests! Good luck 🙂

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